MARTIN LUTHER by May McNeer
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MARTIN LUTHER

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A splendid biography- sympathetic, simple yet exact to detail, and enlightening as to the forces outside and within himself that made Luther one of the great founders of the Reformation. Throughout, there is a natural unrolling of events with no attempt to glorify or soft pedal either side. Luther's turn towards religion and a monk's life was the natural outcome of a then logical fear of God, thirst for knowledge of the Bible, love for humanity; his anger towards Roman Catholic practices justly evoked when his questioning mind saw the horrors of indulgences and the lack of faith in Christ. Theological clarity is complemented by a very readable narrative. There are colorful descriptions of childhood, student days, the book burning, the tension at Worms, his pleasant marriage to the ex-nun Katherine von Bora.

Pub Date: May 11th, 1953
Publisher: Abingdon-Cokesbury